The ART of a BRISTLE PATTERN
The ART of a hair brush BRISTLE PATTERN
Creating a bristle pattern with both design and function is an ART when you understand the individual components it will improve your knowledge; skills and you feel more confident about your work.
MORE with BOAR understanding what different bristles do, diameters, lengths and surface textures all bended for the best performance possible, when styling.
When designing a round styling brush it should have the basic characteristics built into the brush. The bristle combination, individual shape of the tufts, density and curvature to the rows. Here are the most important characteristics.
GRIP: The ability to easily grip in my experience first on the list, many stylists spend too much time wrapping/spinning the hair and brush around and around to achieve grip/tension. This is a waste of time not to mention the repetitive movements which will affect your wrist. If a brush can grip the hair easily it means you will use LESS EFFORT when adjusting the tensions while smoothing and volumizing. Isn’t it smarter to use LESS effort than MORE?
Rethinking how you work using less effort some habits are hard to break. When you can master something with ease it’s well worth the effort.
SHINE: Natural boar bristles are the best when shine is a priority. Nylon for Penetration of the section, Natural Black Boar for adjusting tensions along the section and Natural White Boar for that added glossy finish. Nylon does not have the same ability to create shine on the hair but is essential for increasing the strength while in adding to natural boar. We use 3 types of bristles; the combination is designed to address 3 functions of a styling brush.
VOLUME: Row shape, a brush with a straight row will be good for smoothing but a slightly curved row will help add mega volume, as the hair is wrapped around the curved rows which creates a very fine wiggle to the shaft almost like a micro perm. A straight row is too uniform to create this movement.
TUFT PROFILE: You may notice many tuft profiles are flat this is not the best if you want grip as the hair will not fall into the tuft or slip easily over the flat tuft. If the tuft is in a reverse V-SHAPE it will make it easier to penetrate the section and greatly improve both grip/tensions.
Today, popular brushes mainly use a metal barrel with a twisted wire with nylon bristles and only expose a small amount of bristle offering very limited variations of the characteristics a brush can offer in styling.
You can improve your skill sets and see results.